“Spitball in the Eye” (1) 1. IMPENDING [adjective] Definition: about to take place Synonyms: imminent, approaching, looming Antonyms: indefinite, far-off Sentence: The impending asteroid strike sent the people of Earth scrambling for one last “hurrah”. Sentence: Buford was in impending danger as he faced the grizzly bear and her cub. 2. IMMINENT [adjective] Definition: about to take place Synonyms: impending, approaching, looming Antonyms: distant Sentence: Anticipating fantastic wealth from the imminent success of Rock the SAT, its authors blew their life savings on plastic surgery and mad bling. Sentence: Because Buford was in imminent danger from the grizzly bear, he ran like a mad man down the mountain. 3. CACOPHONOUS [adjective] Definition: harsh and grating to the ears Synonyms: noisy, dissonant Antonyms: euphonious, harmonious Sentence: The street was a cacophonous jumble of horns, sirens, and car alarms, making it difficult for Buford to engage in meaningful conversation with his rubber ducky. Sentence: The cacophonous classroom made it impossible for the teacher to carry on with any kind of learning. 4. FRENETIC [adjective] Definition: hectic and disorganized Synonyms: frenzied, frantic Antonyms: tranquil, serene Sentence: One megaphone and a truckload of cobras are all you need to turn a peaceful sing-along into a frenetic, terrified mob clawing over each other to save their pitiful little lives. Sentence: Penelope had a frenetic reaction when she found the huge spider in her bed. 5. GREGARIOUS [adjective] Definition: social and outgoing Synonyms: extroverted, social, friendly Antonyms: solitary, unfriendly, shy Sentence: Gregarious and sociable to a fault, Jeffery blindly led the conga line deep into enemy territory. Sentence: Although most people like a good party every now and then, gregarious people are real social butterflies. 6. FACETIOUS [adjective] Definition: joking, not meant to be taken seriously Synonyms: jocose, amusing, flippant, foolish Antonyms: serious, grave, earnest Sentence: The mayor alienated the League of Women Voters by opening his speech with a facetious remark about how fabulous they’d all look in spandex. Sentence: Don’t be facetious when you ask me if I would like to train for a marathon. 7. CHAGRIN [noun or verb] Definition: distress caused by disappointment or embarrassment Synonyms: vexation, misfortune, humiliation Sentence: Much to his chagrin, Buford had another “accident” in public and vowed never again to mix Pop Rocks and prune juice. Sentence: To the chagrin of the teacher, all the students in the class failed the vocab test. 8. ABASHED [adjective or verb] Definition: embarrassed Synonyms: humiliated, disconcerted Antonyms: unabashed bold Sentence: I’m not easily abashed by public displays of affection, but your dog needs to stop licking my face. Sentence: Penelope was completely abashed by the attention given her when she fell in front of the school assembly. 9. DEMURE [ADJECTIVE] Definition: reserved and tactful Synonyms: modest, bashful, discreet Antonyms: brazen, bold, immodest Sentence: Suzy Snowflake’s shy, demure personality didn’t really fit her destiny as the Queen of the Evil Intergalactic Empire. Sentence: Demure people always drink tea, prefer cats to dogs, and find the word sexy to be too risqué to use in casual conversation. Well, most people aren’t quite this demure anymore, but you get the picture. 10. INSIPID [adjective] Definition: bland, dull Synonyms: tasteless, colorless, weak Antonyms: exciting, flavorful, tasty Sentence: Grandma boiled the chicken for so long it became an insipid, fleshy paste that had all the flavor of a cardboard box. Sentence: I haven’t had a more insipid conversation since I stood in the ticket line at the movies behind a guy who could trace his ancestry back six hundred years—and did so out loud. 11. COGITATE [verb] Definition: to think deeply Synonyms: ponder, contemplate Sentence: While you float there and cogitate about what causes a shark feeding frenzy, I’ll take this opportunity to swim for my bloody life. Sentence: Buford had to cogitate a long time about his true feelings for Penelope Pringle and Suzy Snowflake.